Energy Bill Has Some Lawyers Upset

A little-known provision of an energy bill lawmakers passed in August has some people upset.

The bill was passed to lure a coal-gasification plant to the Commonwealth.

But one of the provision calls for the state to repay student loans for Kentucky college graduates who go to work in the energy field.

This has some public defenders, legal aid lawyers and prosecutors upset because they have been pushing for a loan repayment program for public service attorneys.

A commonwealth attorney in Louisville says he's "outraged" because his office struggles to hire and keep young lawyers who start at low government salaries and have heavy college loan debt.

Democratic Representative Harry Moberly said the measure was included to try to encourage more Kentuckians to become scientists and engineers.

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